Catching a fish on a fly is fun. Catching fish on a fly you tied is even more fun. Tying your own flies adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Aside from being fun and relaxing, tying your own flies gives you a never-ending supply of the flies you like to fish with and allows you to design a specific fly for a specific application.
We offer a variety of fly tying classes from, from a basic introductory course to advanced classes and seminars by well-known fly tyers like Enrico Puglisi and "Bear" Andrews. Please check our calendar for upcoming classes and events
Introduction to Fly Tying
Our fly tying classes are intended to teach the correct use of fly tying tools, material behavior, and tying techniques required to produce effective, durable flies that are used throughout Florida and anywhere else you might happen to go. By taking part you'll develop the skills, techniques and knowledge that will enable you to tie literally thousands of different patterns, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it!
Time: We offer our Introduction to Fly Tying on a per-request basis. We prefer to hold classes on weekday afternoons/evenings but, given a little extra notice, are able to offer classes on Saturdays as well. If you are interested in learning to tie flies just let us know and we will work with you to set up a time. The class typically runs about 1:45.
Signing Up: Please call the shop or fill out our contact form for more information. Payment is required to make a reservation. If you can't make it by to pre-pay, just call the shop and we will get your credit card information over the phone or fill out our contact form and we'll send you a link to our secure online payment form.
Cost: $25 per student
What is provided? We supply all the tying materials you will need, with the exception of thread. We also have a limited number of vises available for use. Please let us know when you sign up if you need a vise or if you plan to bring your own. In addition to your vise, you will need to have, at a minimum, fly tying scissors, a bobbin, a bodkin and a spool of flat-waxed nylon thread. Other tools you will definitely use but are not required for the class are a bobbin threader and a hair stacker. You can pick the required items up the day of the class but please arrive at least 20 minutes early if you plan to do so.
What will I Learn? We will go over the basics of fly tying regarding tools, material selection and attachment and whip finishing and then go on to tie several flies. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for many years of successful fly tying, focusing on techniques that are common to many fly patterns. After this class you will have a good grasp of fly tying and the foundation necessary to begin to build up you skills. You can either come back for more classes in the future or if you prefer to do things on your own, spend some time tying and come to us with any questions or for help on techniques that you find difficult.
Individual Fly Tying Instruction - Intermediate and Advanced
Need help with a specific technique or material? Want to learn some time-saving techniques or just how to make your flies neater? We offer private instruction covering a wide variety of skills and tecniques.
Time: Set up around your schedule. Weekday afternoons/evenings are generally easiest for us.
Signing Up: Please call the shop or fill out our contact form to set up a class.
Cost: Depends on time and what we will be providing. Starts at $50 for a 90 minute session.
What is provided? We have vises and tools available for use but students typically prefer to bring their own equipment.
Intermediate/Advanced Fly Tying Seminars and Clinics
In addition to our regular classes, we try to bring guest tiers and instructors in from time to time for demonstrations and instruction. In most cases, these tiers have been at it for many years and can show you techniques and offer suggestions that will greatly increase your productivity and enjoyment.
These seminars and clinics generally focus on specific information such as redfish and speckled trout flies for the area's saltwater flats, bass poppers, or epoxy flies. Please check our calendar to see what is offered in the near future
Please give us a call or fill out our contact form if you're interested in finding out more about our fly tying instruction or if you would like to reserve a space.
Flies and Lies
No, it's not a class, but we guarantee you'll learn something!
Anyone (fly tyer or not) is welcome to drop by as long as the doors are open.
Flies and Lies is a chance to hang out with other fly tyers and to share patterns and stories. While we all learn from each other this is not a class environment. If there are specific patterns or techniques you would like help with please let us know and we will find a time outside of Flies and Lies to help you out.
Time/Date: First Wednesday of the month. We hold Flies and Lies almost every month but typically take a break over the summer and during the holidays. Please check our calendar for a complete schedule.